Song: American Pie

Band: Don Mclean
Composed By: Don McLean

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When I searched for the chords for this song I could only find a guide to the firs&last
chorus&verse and to one of the many verses.  I wanted to have a guide so that I could
play the entire song start to finish with all the chords over all the words in every
chorus and every verse.  So I copied the tabs into MS Word and made this so that you can
play the entire song without having to memorize anything or look back to other verses.
I even repeated the choruses.  These chords I got from an unregistered user here at UG
so I cant give him/her their due props, but it sounds really good so
thanks "Unregistered".  This is a fun song to play, once you figure out the rythm. 

American Pie - 
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  G     D    Em7
A long, long time ago, 

Am            C                Em                   D

I can still remember how that music used to make me smile

    G      D    Em7
And I know if I had my chance,



    

     Am                 C                Em              C           D

That I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
                
    Em       Am                   Em          Am
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver

C        G      Am          C                      D

Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step

  G          D        Em           Am7            D

I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride

G         D          Em
Something touched me deep inside

    C       D7    G   C   G

The day the music died



CHORUS

   G    C        G        D

So bye, bye Miss American Pie

         G            C            G        D

Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

         G        C                  G           D

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

        Em                          A7   Em                          D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die

 
VERSE

G                 Am      
Did you write the book of love

       C                 Am         Em           D

And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?

G      D          Em
Do you believe in rock and roll

    Am7            C                     Em                      A7        D

Can music save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to dance real slow?

       Em                  D                     Em              D

Well I know that you're in love with him  'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym

    C           G        A7           C                    D7
You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues

        G      D       Em                   Am                   C

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck

    G      D     Em              C       D7    G  C  G

But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died, I started singin'


CHORUS

   G    C        G        D

So bye, bye Miss American Pie

         G            C            G        D

Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

         G        C                  G           D

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

        Em                          A7   Em                          D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die



VERSE

         G                   Am              
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
      C                   Am         Em                      D

and moss grows fat on a rolling stone but that's not how it used to be
          G      D             Em
When the jester sang for the king and queen 
     Am7                C                   Em                      A7     D

in a coat he borrowed from James Dean in a voice that came from you and me
     Em                  D               Em                 D

And while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
     C        G          A7    C             D7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
          G        D    Em               Am                C

And while Lenin read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
    G        D      Em             C         D7     G  C  G

And we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died, we were singin'



CHORUS

   G    C        G        D

So bye, bye Miss American Pie

         G            C            G        D

Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

         G        C                  G           D

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

        Em                          A7   Em                          D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die


VERSE

G                   Am
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
C                      Am                  Em                   D

the birds flew off with a fallout shelter, eight miles high and fallin' fast
      G   D     Em
It landed foul on the grass
      Am7                C            Em                             A7    D

the players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in
A cast
         Em                D                   Em                  D

Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching
Tune
C          G        A7      C                  D7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
          G      D         Em                 Am              C

'Cuz the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
    G    D          Em              C        D7       G  C  G

Do you recall what was the feel the day the music died, we started singin'


CHORUS

   G    C        G        D

So bye, bye Miss American Pie

         G            C            G        D

Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

         G        C                  G           D

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

        Em                          A7   Em                          D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die



VERSE

     G                Am
And there we were all in one place,
    C        Am            Em                   D

a generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
            G        D    Em               Am7                 C

So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candle 
       Em                            A7     D

stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
     Em               D                Em                     D

And as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage
   C      G       A7         C                 D7
No angel born in Hell could bread that Satan's spell
           G               D      Em             Am              C

And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite
       G     D           Em            C      D7     G  C  G

I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died, he was singin'


CHORUS

   G    C        G        D

So bye, bye Miss American Pie

         G            C            G        D

Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

         G        C                  G           D

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

        Em                          A7   Em                          D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die



LAST VERSE


  G     D        Em
I met a girl who sang the blues

      Am                 C               Em                          D

And I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away

  G         D      Em
I went down to the sacred store
          Am              C                     Em                 C

Where I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music
         D

wouldn't play

    Em                 Am                     Em                   Am
But in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets
dreamed

    C     G        Am          C                     D

But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
                                     
        G         D   Em             Am7     C            D7
And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost

G               D          Em                Am7     D7    G

They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died,

D7
And they were singin'


FINAL CHORUS
   G    C        G        D

So bye, bye Miss American Pie
         G            C            G        D

Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry

         G        C                  G           D

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

        C                D7         G   C   G

Singin' this will be the day that I die.








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A long long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
So

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died
I started singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Now, for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
But, that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me
Oh and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
And while Lennon read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
We were singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?
We started singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend
And as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died
He was singin'

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

View Albums that This Song Appears On...

  • American Pie

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: EMI Song Duration on Album: 8:33 Album Duration: 36:20

    Release Date: 1971

    Moods: Earnest, Melancholy, Precious, Refined, Sentimental, Plaintive, Reserved, Autumnal, Bittersweet, Naive, Restrained, Wistful, Delicate, Reflective, Yearning, Intimate

    Styles: Soft Rock, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter

  • Solo

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Beat Goes On Song Duration on Album: 9:02 Album Duration: 01:44:21

    Release Date: 1976

    Styles: Soft Rock

  • Dominion

    Release Date: 1983

    Styles: Soft Rock

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